SRINAGAR: Traders in Batamaloo on Wednesday said that the new traffic diversion plan enforced by authorities has affected their business by about 75 percent.
Jhelum Complex Traders Association (JCTA) President, Qazi Imtiyaz Ahmad said both common people and business community are the worst suffers of the diversion plan. He threatened of starting an agitation if the diversion plan continues for long.
The association is also planning to hold a protest against the administration on Thursday.
The association is also opposing shifting of General Bus Stand Batamaloo to Parimpora, saying that livelihood of 25,000-30,000 people including shopkeepers, salesmen, accountants and other workers would be affected by the move.
“Being centrally located, the Batamaloo Bus Stand is convenient for students, employees, other working class and patients coming from North Kashmir. If it will be shifted, it will affect all,” Qazi said. He appealed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to personally look into the matter.
Meanwhile, SSP Traffic City, Maqsood-ul-Zaman said: “The new diversion plan of shifting buses from Tengpora instead of Batamaloo was taken keeping in view the traffic congestion. People including the traders have to bear it for some time.”